‘Phantom Votes’: 119 of 120 LS Seats in UP, Bihar Under Cloud? – By Chandan Nandy, Kashif Kakvi

Across a bulk of the 120 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, thousands of votes in excess of the Election Commission of India (ECI)-recorded figures were found to have been cast. This raises serious doubts about the poll panel’s failure to follow a fool-proof accounting procedure, a deeper and more comprehensive investigation by NewsClick has revealed. NewsClick had …

Can Anything Stop the Destruction of Indian Democracy? – By Nitish Pahwa

It wasn’t so long ago that Narendra Modi was cautiously welcomed by the world as a dynamic, big-chested insurgent, primed to upend India’s crooked, “elites”-dominated government and usher in a brave new era. Despite his Hindu nationalist bona fides and alleged role in the mass murder of hundreds of Muslims in the 2002 Gujarat riots, Modi’s notoriety was generally papered …

For India’s Muslims, palpable fear of what another Modi term brings – By Rana Ayyub

Last week, as results started trickling in from India’s election, I was in Stockholm, delivering a keynote speech on the power of journalism in India. I was speaking to a crowd of 400 Swedish journalists and academics about Indian democracy, its secular character and the importance of investigative journalism under a strongman such as Narendra Modi, when my phone started …

5 days of BJP LS poll win, 5 cases of hate crime; Civil society fears India’s democratic values in peril – By Nachiketa Desai

The spectacular victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has shell-shocked a section of the civil society which has been championing the cause of a secular democratic republic envisioned by the founders of the Constitution. This section of the civil society, howsoever miniscule it may be, fears that with its brute majority in the parliament and a much weakened Opposition, …

Gurugram: 4 men beat up Muslim youth for wearing skull cap, force him to chant Jai Shri Ram

25-year-old Muslim man was allegedly assaulted in Gurugram by four unidentified youths for wearing traditional skull cap, an official said on Sunday. The victim was identified as Mohamad Barker Alam, a Bihar native, living here in Jakob Pura area of Gurugram. In a complaint to the police, Alam alleged that four unidentified youths accosted him in a Sadar Bazar lane …